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S. Korean teen prospect joins new club in Germany

Sports 09:37 June 20, 2019

SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean teen football prospect Jeong Woo-yeong has switched clubs in Germany.

SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga announced their acquisition of the 19-year-old forward Wednesday (local time). Jeong spent the past season with the German champions Bayern Munich, though he mostly played for their reserve team, Bayern Munich II, in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Bayern.

In this EPA file photo from Nov. 27, 2018, Jeong Woo-yeong of Bayern Munich is in action against Benfica in the teams' Group E match at the UEFA Champions League at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Terms of Jeong's move were not disclosed, but local reports said the transfer fee was 2 million euros (US$2.25 million). The deal also reportedly includes a buy-back clause, which would allow Bayern Munich to bring back the South Korean in the future.

Jeong made two appearances for Bayern Munich's big club this past season: during the UEFA Champions League group stage last November and then in a Bundesliga match in March.

In 29 matches for Bayern Munich II, Jeong scored 13 goals and set up six others in 29 matches. He played both matches in the club's promotion playoffs last month, which Bayern Munich II won to clinch a spot in the third-tier 3. Liga for next season.

Those playoff matches prevented Jeong from joining South Korea for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, where the young Taeguk Warriors finished runners-up without the talented attacker.

Jeong had long been rumored to be on his way out of Bayern Munich, where he was buried deep on the depth chart and wasn't getting regular action.

This image captured from the website of the Bundesliga club SC Freiburg on June 20, 2019, shows the team's new South Korean acquisition, Jeong Woo-yeong. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Jochen Saier, Freiburg's sports director, called Jeong "one of South Korea's greatest talents" with a bright future.

"His joy in playing and his good feeling for situations and spaces are very remarkable for his young age," Saier said. "Now we want to work together to make him a complete Bundesliga player."

Jeong thanked Bayern Munich for giving him the opportunity to seek new challenges and added: "SC Freiburg is a great place for young talents. I want to evolve and help us to have a successful season."

Freiburg finished in 13th place among 18 teams in the Bundesliga in 2018-2019.

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